“I Was a Marine. I Don’t Want a Gun in My Classroom.”

Diane Ravitch's blog

Our own Lloyd Lofthouse explained in detail why it was absurd to arm teachers. He wrote as a Marine who became a teacher. Trump is unlikely to read this blog, but perhaps he saw this article which was published in the New York Times.

Anthony Swofford, now a college professor in West Virginia, said “I Was a Marine. I Don’t Want a Gun in My Classroom.”

He writes that as a Marine, he received “hundreds of hours” of training to use his assault rifle.

By contrast, the shooter at Stoneman Douglas High School had zero hours of training.

Swofford writes:

There is no reason that any civilian, of any age, should possess this rifle.”

He scoffed at Trump’s proposal to arm teachers. Trump said that coach Aaron Feis could have shot the killer and saved his life and the lives of students.

Swofford responds:

“This is absurd. More likely, had…

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Marine Turned Teacher: Why I Will Not Carry a Gun in School

Diane Ravitch's blog

Lloyd Lofthouse was a Marine. He saw combat. Then he became a teacher. He is retired.

He explains here why it is a VERY bad idea to arm teachers:

”I woke up this morning remembering what it was like when I was teaching. There were students everywhere. Many arrived early in the morning and some were still around late at night. My classroom was surrounded by other classrooms full of students during the regular school day when a shooter might show up.

“If I had been armed with an automatic pistol and fired in any direction, I would have hit other classrooms with an average of 34 students in each one and a teacher and sometimes other adults helping the teacher or observing. No matter which way I fired a pistol, there would be another classroom and if the classroom wasn’t there, there were the streets with traffic and businesses…

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Fake President Donald Trump’s 32-Percent and His Love Affair with Putin

This is a reminder to all current and former U.S. Military officers:

Oath of Commissioned Officers

I, _____, having been appointed an officer in the Army of the United States, as indicated above in the grade of _____ do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservations or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God.” (DA Form 71, 1 August 1959, for officers.)

What are you waiting for? Where does it say in that oath that you must obey, support, and defend #FakePresident Donald Trump of the United States?

Lloyd Lofthouse

James Kirchick writing for Brookings asks How the GOP became the Party of Putin.

In his Op-Ed, Kirchick points out that 32-percent of Republicans have a favorable view of Putin, who was a career KGB officer that still hates America.

Kirchick says, “Russia has been targeting the American right since at least 2013, the year Putin enacted a law targeting pro-gay rights organizing and delivered a state-of-the-nation address extolling Russia’s ‘traditional values’ and assailing the West’s “genderless and infertile” liberalism. That same year, a Kremlin-connected think tank released a report entitled, ‘Putin: World Conservativism’s New Leader.’”

That 32-percent represents #FakePresident Trump’s rabid fan base. These are the Americans who would stick with him even if he appeared in San Francisco, or New York, or Los Angeles, or Seattle with an AK-47 and roughed up and/or slaughtered dozens. #FakePresident Trump would just say the people he shot deserved to die…

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The Renovation

What does a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam vet do with his life after he retires from teaching in the public schools for thirty years? He buys an abused house and renovates it.

Lloyd Lofthouse

After sixteen years of marriage to Anchee, we divorced in early 2015. It wasn’t easy going public on my blog about the divorce. Anchee is the best woman I’ve ever known, and there will be no details beyond this.

Anchee and I remain friends, and she still cooks me great tasting pies without adding any sugar. Before I wrote this post, I had a slice of one of her apple pies for my dinner. Anchee’s pies don’t include sugar and they come with a lot of other healthy ingredients than just fruit. Imagine a fruit pie that, I think, tastes great and is a nutritious meal too. In fact, she’s in China now and I’m driving to her house once a week to water her yard for her. She has a big yard and many trees. I’ve written about her house on this Blog before when we were still married.

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Combat Hero Blasts Trump’s Attacks on Free Press

Diane Ravitch's blog

The commander of the Navy Seal raid that killed Bin Laden denounced Trump’s absurd claim that the press is “the enemy of the American people.” Retired Admiral William H. McRaven said that Trump’s charge that the free press “the enemy of the American people” was “the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime.

“William H. McRaven, a retired four-star admiral and former Navy SEAL, slammed President Trump’s characterization of the media as “the enemy of the American people,” calling that sentiment the “greatest threat to democracy” he’s ever seen.

“That’s coming from a man who’s seen major threats to democracy.

“McRaven, who was commander of the secretive Joint Special Operations Command, organized and oversaw the highly risky operation that killed Osama bin Laden almost six years ago. The admiral from Texas had tapped a special unit of Navy SEALs to carry out the May 2011 raid on the elusive…

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The Nightmare for Everyone on the Planet that some Clinical Psychologists call A Dream Come True

Lloyd Lofthouse

How dangerous is President Donald Trump? The answer is that he is very dangerous, and what does that mean?

Malignant Narcissism Described by Psychologia.com

“If you are hearing about malignant narcissism for the first time, you may be wondering how is that different from narcissistic personality disorder or simply narcissism. Isn’t narcissism malignant in itself? …

“Narcissistic personality disorder is a destructive preoccupation with one’s own personal adequacy, power and prestige. People with this disorder crave for admiration, have an unreasonably strong sense of entitlement and are often preoccupied with unrealistic fantasies of success, beauty and ideal love. Unlike malignant narcissism, narcissistic personality disorder is defined as a mental illness in DSM-V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the Fifth Edition). …

“Campbells’ Psychiatric Dictionary defines malignant narcissism as a mix of narcissism, antisocial personality disorder, aggression and sadism. …

“the Journal of Psychoanalytic Psychology has described the film…

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Trump boasts he will make America Safe from Terrorists by doing what Israel does

A vote for Trump is a vote for a manipulating, psycho, narcissistic, bully, and serial liar.

Lloyd Lofthouse

Mother Jones reports Donald Trump’s response to the recent New York, New Jersey Bombings, and the miracle cure is racial profiling on a mass scale. Trump says, “You know, in Israel they profile. They’ve done an unbelievable job, as good as you can do.”

I took a closer look at Donald Trump’s claim that Israel does a job “as good as you can do.”

The Jewish Virtual Library posts a comprehensive listing of fatalities linked to terrorism against Israel. So far in 2016, there have been ten listings that added up to 14 dead.

In 2015 there were twenty-two listings for 35 dead.

In 2014 there were 15 listings for 39 dead.

The list goes back to 1993. For Israel to be “as good as can you can do”, then the death toll from terrorism in Israel has to be lower than the U.S. death toll from terrorism on U.S…

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